Age Groups

Age Restrictions

This table is published annually to allow for a better understanding of Rule E-2 of the WDSF Competition Rules.

Age Group Year of the Competition Year of the Competition
  2016 2017
  Year of Birth Year of Birth
Juvenile I 2007 or later 2008 or later
Juvenile II 2005 or 2006 2006 or 2007
Junior I 2003 or 2004 2004 or 2005
Junior II 2001 or 2002 2002 or 2003
Youth 1998, 1999 or 2000 1999, 2000 or 2001
Under 21 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 or 2001
Adult 1997 or before 1998 or before
Senior I One partner must have reached his or her 35th birthday or more in the calendar year (1981 or before - Senior Ib). The other partner must have reached his or her 30th birthday in the calendar year (1986 or before - Senior Ia) One partner must have reached his or her 35th birthday or more in the calendar year (1982 or before - Senior Ib). The other partner must have reached his or her 30th birthday in the calendar year (1987 or before - Senior Ia)
Senior II One partner must have reached his or her 45th birthday or more in the calendar year (1971 or before - Senior IIb). The other partner must have reached his or her 40th birthday in the calendar year (1976 or before - Senior IIa) One partner must have reached his or her 45th birthday or more in the calendar year (1972 or before - Senior IIb). The other partner must have reached his or her 40th birthday in the calendar year (1977 or before - Senior IIa)
Senior III One partner must have reached his or her 55th birthday or more in the calendar year (1961 or before - Senior IIIb). The other partner must have reached his or her 50th birthday in the calendar year (1966 or before - Senior IIIa) One partner must have reached his or her 55th birthday or more in the calendar year (1962 or before - Senior IIIb). The other partner must have reached his or her 50th birthday in the calendar year (1967 or before - Senior IIIa)
Senior IV  One partner must have reached his or her 65th birthday or more in the calendar year (1951 or before - Senior IVb). The other partner must have reached his or her 60th birthday in the calendar year (1956 or before - Senior IVa) One partner must have reached his or her 65th birthday or more in the calendar year (1952 or before - Senior IVb). The other partner must have reached his or her 60th birthday in the calendar year (1957 or before - Senior IVa)

Putting two age groups together, such as Juvenile I and II as well as Junior I and II to one joint age group, is an option under Rule E-2. Junior I couples are allowed to compete in Junior II, Junior II couples are allowed to compete in Youth, Youth couples and Senior couples are allowed to compete in competitions of the Adult age group if they want. In all age groups one partner of a couple can be younger, except in the Senior age groups.

The rule should enable couples and coaches to plan the careers on a long-term basis, given that the age group classification of athletes does not depend on their birthday but on their year of birth, as in most other sports too.

WDSF Age Groups